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The Summer of the Sonata - Part One

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Summer of the Sonata

The first in our summer chamber series are recital performances by Canadian violinist Corey Cerovsek from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner museum music library.

The first concert I attenmded featuring Corey was in Hamilton, Ontario a little more than 25 years ago. He was probably 11 or 12 at the time, and he held his own with the local orchestra in a performance of Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole. His demeanor was modest, but his playing was astounding! At age 12, he was the youngest student to receive a gold medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music - considering that Glenn Gould graduated from there in his mid-teens, that puts him in rare company!

Both Corey and his sister Katja were precocious musical talents - and in fact were a tandem for the first few years of Corey's early career. Mr. Cerovsek holds not only a Doctorate in Music from the prestigious Faculty of Music at Indiana University (where he studied with Josef Gingold), but also a Doctorate in Mathematics from the same school, attaining both before he was 20 years old - thus, Corey is not a mere precocious talent...

He may not be quita as active as some other violiniusts, but he chooses his repertoire wisely, and is a solid interpreter - as you will hear for yourself from the selections I chose. Not an old man (of 40 as of last April), he now elects residence far from his native British-Columbia, living in Paris.

He plays on the "Milanollo" Stradivarius violin.

Corey Cerovsek, violin, accompanied by different pianists

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Sonata for violin and keyboard No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1018
(with John Gibbons, piano)

Gabriel FAURE (1845-1924)
Sonata in A Major for violin and piano, Op. 13
(with Jeremy Denk, piano)

Wolfgang Amadeus MOXART (1756-1791)
Violin Sonata No. 23 in D Major, K. 306
(with Jeremy Denk, piano)

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 ("Kreutzer")
(with Paavali Jumppanen, piano)

July 6th, 2012, "I Think You Will Love This Music Too" will be adding a new montage "Pack Your Bags" to its Pod-O-Matic Podcast. Read our English and French commentaries July 6 on the ITYWLTMT Blogspot blog.

Updated Jul-03-2012 at 13:35 by itywltmt

Classical Music , Concerts , Recorded Music


  1. Odnoposoff's Avatar
    A really ambitious and original program! I haven't listen to those works more than 100 times each!.